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The Must List: Week of April 5, 2009

”Where The Wild Things Are,” ”Fast & Furious,” Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis, and 12 others make up the countdown of pop culture gems YOU — and the EW staff — are loving this week

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Where the Wild Things Are

MOVIES
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE trailer
We’ve been worried sick about Spike Jonze’s long-delayed Sendak adaptation, but this Arcade Fire-scored clip gives us goose bumps.

TV
SOUTH PARK on Comedy Central
Still super-low-tech computer animation. Still some of the most biting cultural satire on TV. And in a recent episode that framed the recession in biblical allegories, they stoned Kyle with squirrels, which is just funny.

TV
RESCUE ME on FX
Season 5 of Denis Leary’s post-9/11 firefighter series continues to deal — in its own take-no-prisoners fashion — with the demons of Tommy Gavin and his station brothers. And with Michael J. Fox showing up as the guy who’s dating Tommy’s estranged wife, new sparks should fly.

MUSIC
”KNOCK YOU DOWN” video, Keri Hilson
If you’ve ever dreamed about being fought over by Kanye West and Ne-Yo, stop. According to this video, it’s not as fun as you’d think.

TV
KATHERINE HEIGL on Grey’s Anatomy
No longer forced to awkwardly wander the halls talking to a hallucination of her long-dead fiancé, Heigl is once again wowing us as Izzie struggles through brain surgery and chemo. Funny thing about this opinionated, polarizing blonde: Love her or hate her, you gotta admit that when she’s on her game, the drama is too.

MOVIES
FAST & FURIOUS
Hard to believe it’s been eight years since the genetically superior specimens of this franchise first recklessly drove into our lives, but Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and the man they call Vin Diesel are back in a fast & fun movie that doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not.

MOVIES
ADVENTURELAND
Kristen Stewart is her usual enigmatic self as one nerd’s dream girl in the latest from Superbad director Greg Mottola — a sweet summer love story (with a totally rad ’80s soundtrack) about kids who work at an amusement park.

BOOKS
ONCE A RUNNER, by John L. Parker Jr.
Long regarded as one of the best novels ever written about moving one’s legs very fast in a forward direction, Parker’s 1978 book is getting a reissue.

MUSIC
”THE GIRL AND THE ROBOT,” Royksopp
This stuttery electronica track from the Norwegian duo is made extra Must Listy by vocals from Swe­­­dish pop survivor Robyn and a very cool string-section outro. Are the glow sticks better in Scandinavia?

READER’S CHOICE: INTERNET
FUG MADNESS 2009
The style ­mavens at gofugyourself.com, the blog of celebrity fashion fugliness, are running the worst looks of the year through a four-bracket tourney (divisions: Madonna, Cher, Charo, Björk) to coincide with the NCAA basketball championship. Our fave: Bai Ling! ­—Submitted by Carolyn

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
THE HAZARDS OF LOVE, the Decemberists
I’m not sure I understand or like it all, but there are some hella catchy tracks and everything from a sitar to folk sounds makes an appearance. It’s daring in a world where Alexis Grace places 11th in American Idol, and that’s refreshing. —Elena Rivera

READER’S CHOICE: DIGITAL
‘THIS AMERICAN LIFE’ PODCAST
The podcast that kick-starts my day more often than not should be required listening. Recounting heartbreaks, asking tough questions, or explaining the economic meltdown, TAL does it in style! —Seth F.

READER’S CHOICE: TV
THE AMAZING RACE
This reader is onboard with CBS’ long-running reality competition. —Submitted by Watch4Talent

READER’S CHOICE: MUSIC
”I TOLD YOU SO,” duet with Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis
Sweet perfection. —Elena

READER’S CHOICE: MOVIES
QUANTUM OF SOLACE on Blu-ray
DVD is so over! —Nathan